BAND SHAKE UP 60S DANCE CRAZE

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Music -

RIVER­VALE’S Glyn MacDon­ald will play pi­ano for Stratosfunk’s Shake Down show, which is set to re­vive the 60s dance craze at the Fly By Night Club in Novem­ber.

Stratosfunk won a Fringe World Mu­sic Award last year and the nine-piece soul band will pay trib­ute to the dance crazes that shook the work in the 50s and 60s in­clud­ing the twist, the mon­key, and the mashed potato.

MacDon­ald said he had played with Stratosfunk for two years and loved that the mu­sic crossed gen­er­a­tional bound­aries. “When we play peo­ple dance and its so much more en­ter­tain­ing for you as a mu­si­cian,” he said.

“My kids love it, my wife loves its and the grand­par­ents. It was an in­no­cent time in mu­sic, it’s just fun.”

MacDon­ald be­gan play­ing pi­ano at the age of six, stuck with it be­cause he felt it was the only thing he was good at and en­joyed.

He stud­ied at WAAPA and turned his pas­sion into a ca­reer, per­form­ing in Canada, Rome, Beijing and most re­cently Thai­land.

Trained in jazz mu­sic, the 38-year-old says you have to stay flex­i­ble as a mu­si­cian and has played in may styles of bands, even as a key­boardist for an orches­tra.

Shake Down will in­clude spe­cial guests The High Learys, Land of 1000 Dances Djs and The Bee­hives GoGo dancers on Fri­day, Novem­ber 7 and Satur­day, Novem­ber 8.

Doors open 7.30pm, pre­sale tick­ets cost $43.50 in­clud­ing book­ing fee, or $47 at the door if avail­able. To book visit http://fly­bynight.org or call 9430 5976 for more de­tails.

Stratosfunk will turn to the ’60s for their Shake­Down Show next month.

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